European Commission calls for forming a special tribunal to try Russia 

BRUSSELS — President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened Russia that it would be punished for its crimes in Ukraine through a special international court.

Von der Leyen indicated that the amount of damage in Ukraine is estimated at 600 billion euros and called for the formation of a special UN tribunal to investigate and prosecute Russia for its reported crimes in Ukraine.

She made it clear that they are ready to work with the international community to gather the largest possible international support for this court.

Von der Leyen indicated that Russia needs to compensate Ukraine for the damage it has caused and bear the cost of reconstruction, saying that Russia’s frozen assets are a possible source of financing.

Once the sanctions on Russia are lifted, she said, this money should be used to insure Russia fully pays for the damage it caused in Ukraine.